One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The killing of sheep.
An agent that kills or destroys eggs or ova, especially those of insects, mites, or other pests or parasites.
The killing or destroying of eggs or ova.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834), poet, critic, and philosopher. From ovi- + -cide<br>1920s. From ovi- + -cide, after ovicidal<br>1980s. From ovi- + -cide. Compare earlier ovicide.
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